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bbrim

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I'm brewing up a late spring Wit this weekend. I'm going to add orange peel and coriander but I'm also planning to add Cardamom seeds to the brew. I'm doing a 10 gallon batch with OG around 1.045. Any advice on how much to add? Your help is appreciated.
 

Shawn Hargreaves

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I've never used cardamom in beer, but cook with it all the time. This is a very powerful flavor, so I'd err on the side of caution. Maybe two or three pods to start with?

(that's assuming green cardamom: black cardamom has much bigger pods so you'd probably just want one or less of those)
 

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+1 to 2-3 pods of green cardamom added with about five minutes left to boil. I've used all manner of amounts, from 2 pods in five gallons to the ever-so-scientific "fistful" in 5bbl. :D I thought the 2 pods per five gallons was just enough.

Bob
 
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